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Best, worst nations for corruption

By Kevin Voigt, CNN
December 6, 2012 -- Updated 0655 GMT (1455 HKT)
The Corruptions Perceptions Index 2012 rated 176 countries on the openness to do business and transparency of the public sector. These countries rated the worst in this year's survey. Here Al-Shabaab recruits walk down a street in the Somalian capital of Mogadishu. The Corruptions Perceptions Index 2012 rated 176 countries on the openness to do business and transparency of the public sector. These countries rated the worst in this year's survey. Here Al-Shabaab recruits walk down a street in the Somalian capital of Mogadishu.
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Most corrupt country: Somalia
2. North Korea
3. Myanmar
4. Afghanistan
5. Uzbekistan
6. Turkmenistan
7. Sudan
8. Iraq
9. Haiti
10. Venezuela
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STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • China dropped five spots to 80th place out of 176 nations in the Corruption Perceptions Index
  • Denmark, Finland, New Zealand, Sweden and Singapore topped the list as the cleanest countries
  • Somalia, North Korea, Afghanistan, Sudan and Myanmar ranked at the bottom
  • The United States was ranked 19th in the world, below Japan and the UK